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Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update", before "Sarah Palin", Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both of those dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon - from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Includes special, never-before-solicited opinions on breastfeeding, princesses, Photoshop, the electoral process, and Italian rum cake!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2011 Tina Fey (P)2011 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"I hope that's not really the cover. That's really going to hurt sales." (Don Fey, Father of Tina Fey)
"Do not print this glowing recommendation of Tina Fey's book until I've been dead a hundred years." (Mark Twain)
"Hilarious and insightful. Laugh-out-loud funny - oh no, a full moon. No! Arrgh! Get away from me! Save yourself!" (A Guy Turning into a Werewolf)

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  • justin
  • bozeman, MT, United States
  • 04-12-11

Warning for men.

Tina fey launches another salvo in her feminist war on men by causing me to me to laugh my d-ck off. Inexcusable! They will be hearing from my lawyers.

49 of 58 people found this review helpful

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I love Tina Fey.

Well, I love her, but I’m not in love with her, you know? From Saturday Night Live, to 30 Rock, to movies, she can do no wrong, and continues to do no wrong in her memoir. It’s funny, it’s interesting, it’s self-deprecating, it’s relatable, and she is adorable. I definitely would have enjoyed more behind-the-scenes at SNL-type stories. As funny as the parts about her father, Don Fey, are (he sounds superhumanly cool), I would rather a tiny bit of dirt on what celebrities make bad hosts. This book is short and sweet.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • YAKIMA, WA, United States
  • 11-29-12


I enjoyed the start of the book but it won me over with the mom stuff. yeah.
I like Tina Fey generally, but I'm not a big fan of 30 Rock so I wasn't sure about the book. (for the record, I think the story lines are ridiculous, I think Alec Balwin is slightly annoying and I many of the 30 Rock jokes make me feel slightly uncomfortable.)

I didn't think this book had any of the problems that 30 Rock has. Tina Fey seemed a bit neurotic but mostly just funny. I like her sarcastic take on most things (exception being: She seems pretty amazed by Alec Baldwin in a way I don't get).

I was listening to the audiobook (earphones), in part, while my daughter napped. I laughed out loud several times and was actually worried that I'd wake her.

Like I said, I particularly laughed at some of the times she talked about being a working mom and the pressures of being a mom (working or otherwise) in society today. This stuff always gets me, because I found the first 6 months of motherhood to be really hard and I like hearing from otherwise successful people who also had a hard time. Especially if they make it seem ridiculous that other people made you feel bad then. yeah.

anyway, its pretty short. You should probably read it. the book generally had some pretty right-on moments that I haven't heard before. It wasn't heavily SNL, 30 Rock or even feminist (I wouldn't have minded the former or the latter). I kept feeling that she concisely poked at a bit of truth over and over again, in a way that was light, funny and real.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • BROOKLYN, NY, United States
  • 07-06-11

The Fey Pride Parade

There is so much to love about this memoir, which anyone who's interested in what it's really like to work your way up through the ranks of television comedy should find very illuminating, but I have to give particular kudos to the book for two reasons:

1. As a gay reviewer, I found Fey's portrait of her many young gay friends figuring out their sexual identity's a nice combination of funny, sensitive and honest. The time in a gay person's life when he/she has either figured out their sexuality but not had sex or started experimenting sexually but is not sure what it means for their identity can be very confusing. The fact that Fey both manages to create portraits of these young people that both point out their foibles while acknowledging why they might be so en-foibled (yes, I made up that term) is like a successful high-wire act that incorporates a chair and a dog.

2. Apropos of Audible, this is DEFINITELY a book that's worth hearing in the audio format, even if you've read it already. Fey's intonations, imitations and inflections are not only super-enjoyable if you're a Tina Fey fan but also add a richness to the text that's characteristic of writers who have experience writing for performers.

"It is a testament to my parents that they never reacted negatively to the 4 year Pride parade that marched through their home." -Tina Fey, "Bossypants"

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jessica
  • Charleston, TN, United States
  • 04-13-11


I enjoy watching Tina Fey on 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live so I thought I would give her audiobook a try. It was funny and really lets you see into her life a little. Tina narrates it herself so it feels like she is telling you personally her story. I wish it was longer than 5 hours but that seems about typical for most bios. Warning there is a lot of language so it’s not one to put on in the car with the kids. Oh, make sure you download the PDF it goes with the book, I did not realize there was a PDF until she kept saying check the PDF at first I thought it was a joke but no there really is a PDF with this book. After you buy the book go into your library and find Bossypants. Under the title there is PDF click on it and save it. I wish all bios you get on audiobook would come with the pictures that are with the print book.

34 of 42 people found this review helpful

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  • Dorie
  • Glendale, CA, United States
  • 04-08-11

An Afternoon of Laughs

Boy, did I need this book! I can't wait to re-listen to it in about one month to make sure I've extracted every laugh possible. Love the fact that she narrated this book--I felt like she was in my kitchen gabbing away, making me laugh my guts out! Might have to buy a box of Depends before I listen to it again. Sure beats turning on the news.

26 of 32 people found this review helpful

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  • gerald
  • Bay Harbor Islands, FL, United States
  • 06-22-11


Very disappointed.. Tina Fey is one of my favorites performers, but her narrative is too "cute".
She has so many interesting things to tell us but she rushes through, you would think she is in a hurry to finish reading the book.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Love Tina Fey but was disappointed with this book. Her narration, while expressive and enjoyable, contained so many sotto voce asides where the volume dropped off so much that it was difficult to hear, therefore I frequently missed portions of the material the first time around. I ended up having to skip backward and turn up the volume to hear those parts - very frustrating. Also, based on other reviews I was expecting laugh-out-loud funny, but this didn't deliver. If you like Tina, you'll like this; amusing, but not a "must read."

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Best book ever.

Tina Fey is a genius. Could not stop listening, so much funnier when she reads it.

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If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

Funny. Smart. Encouraging.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

I really enjoyed the section where Fey spoke about the Presidential election and playing Palin. I found it truely interesting how much thought and effort went into that role, particularly the decision to let Palin on SNL. As someone who followed the election, I took her performance at face value and never thought about the vast amount of contemplation that goes into the sketch creation process. Seeing the flip side of the coin increases my appreciation of Fey and others, particularly the ground-breaking women, in comedy.

Any additional comments?

This book reads, much like a stand-up session from Fey. Lots of little loosely-connected humerous stories over the course of her life and career. For that reason, it was easy to listen in the car in small amounts, because you didn't have to recall the previous stories. Fey talks fast, so I found myself rewinding a lot, but I will definitely go back for a second listen. Overall, this is a great book. Funny, sassy, honest, and even motivating. Classic Fey.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful